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Friday, February 24, 2006

Top 40 Resources for Managing Your Money Online

Money. Whatever you think of it, you can’t simply disregard it. Luckily, managing your finances today is easier than ever. We’ve collected over 40 tools and resources that will help you spend less, earn more and organize better.

Budget organizers & Financial Planning

Buxfer – Personal money tracking: keep track of how you spend your money and who owes you.
BudgetTracker – track your transactions, bills, income and budget in one place. Organize yourself with BudgetTracker’s calendar and receive notifications of upcoming events.
BudgetPulse – free service that enables you to track your money flow, plan your budget and create fancy looking charts and diagrams. Currently in public beta.
Cyclr – Create “cycles” of money: find others who owe the same amount as you and cancel out each others’ obligations. Currently in private beta testing.
DimeWise – Dimewise is a secure web-based personal finance manager. It’s not free – the services costs $5 per month.
NetWorthIQ – create your financial profile and compare it with other users. Overly aggressive ads might put off some users.
Expensr – a free financial manager that helps you understand where all your money is going. It supports graphs, projections, and some community features like tags and public personal profiles.
I owe you – log, track and share your expenses in various currencies; generate instant reports, and access all this data from anywhere.
Mint – do not confuse this Mint with analytics software Mint from Shaun Inman – these two have nothing in common. Mint is a personal finance organizer which is currently in early beta stage, with invitation-beta coming soon.
Pearbudget – compare what you thought you’d spend to what you’ve really spent; analyze your expenses and save money. Pearbudget is a free desktop application, but a web-based version is currently in beta stage.
BillHighway – Tools for group finances: chapter finances for fraternities and sororities, paying the rent and buying group gifts.
Foonance – A simple, “Web 2.0″ money tracking solution: add your “money stores” (places where you keep your money) and log transactions.
Billster – Track personal and group expenses (including standing orders), and set reminders.
SpicyDigits – Track shared and recurring expenses within a group – notifications are sent to group members via email. Free to use.
BillQ – Slick, nicely designed service to keep track of your bills. Like Basecamp for bills.
Mvelopes – Unlike many other services, Mvelopes connects to your bank account (supported banks only) and pulls all your data together on one place. However, pop-up ads for “financial success” courses made us dubious about this one.
Iohu Money – New bill tracking service, currently in private beta testing.
Less Accounting – Expense tracking for small businesses.

Invoice Management

Freshbooks – a tool for tracking time and invoices; allows you to send invoices and receive money via PayPal and Authorize.Net.
BlinkSale – a free online service that lets you create, send and track invoices. It supports data import from Basecamp, CSS customization, and automated invoice sending. Integrates with PayPal for automatic payments.
Cashboard – free financial planner aimed primarily at small businesses. Enables you to create and track invoices and log your financial performance.
SecondSite – another invoice management site with a lot of features, including SSL encryption, data backups and document sharing. Starts with a free plan for 1 user, several for-pay plans are also available.
SimplyBill – create invoices, export them to PDF, send them to clients, track your time, keep track of payments and more with SimplyBill.

Financial Trading & Investment

Gstock – get elementary analysis of buy&sell signals for most stocks on the market.
Motley Fool’s Caps – a rich resource of stock-market related information and tools from one of the better known financial sites on the web, the Motley Fool.
StockCloud – a very simple yet interesting tool, StockCloud shows company tickers in a big tag cloud. A larger ticker symbol means that a company distributes press releases more frequently.
Wikinancial – Test your stock picking strategy and compare it to the rest of the community. There’s no real money, but you can use the knowledge you gain to trade on the real-life stock markets.
DigStock – Digg for stock news: boost good stories to the top.
SaneBull – A “Netvibes for finance” that helps you make trading decisions by putting all the essential data on one page.
ValueWiki – A wiki for stocks. Also includes live chat and a ticker widget for your blog.
Yahoo! Finance – One of the most popular sites for stocks. Includes up to date market info and the ability to create a portfolio.
Google Finance – Google’s rival to Yahoo Finance. A simple layout with Flash graphs and portfolios.

Social Networks

SocialPicks – A social stock-picking community: share ideas with others and track your investments. Includes groups and Digg-like voting on financial news stories.
StockPickr – Get stock ideas and recommendations from a community of investors. Owned by financial news site TheStreet.com.
Wesabe – Community-based money management. You enter your financial data, and Wesabe serves up tips based on the experience of similar users. Your financial data is not shared directly with other users.
Zecco – An online stock broker complete with community features. Trade real stocks – up to 40 trades a month for free, after which fees apply.
BullPoo – Share stock information with a community of investors. Includes blogs, portfolios and forecasts.
RipplePay – An experimental payments system that passes debt between users in an IOU system.

Salary Reports

PayScale – Compare your salary to those with the same job.
WageExchange – a social network where you can anonymously share your salary with other users and see how you stack up.

Online Payment Systems

PayPal – Love it or hate it, Paypal is the leading way to exchange money between individuals online. Owned by eBay.
Google Checkout – Google’s service for buying items in online stores without giving your credit card details to the merchant. No person-to-person exchanges.
MoneyBookers – a popular alternative to PayPal, especially in countries where PayPal still doesn’t let users receive funds. (via)

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Top 50 Analytics Tools to Track Website Traffic

From analyzing your RSS feed to counting page views to visual representations of where your visitors are clicking, there is no shortage of companies looking to help you better understand your web site’s traffic. In our latest “toolbox” installment, we analyze (pun intended) the wide variety of applications and tools available for keeping tabs on how your sites, feeds, blogs, emails, or even your intranet is performing.

Web Traffic Visualization

Visualization tools use a variety of methods to show you where users are clicking on the individual pages of your Web site to help you make design adjustments that emphasize the right links and content.

ClickTracks – Enterprise analytics software, shows visitor navigation directly on your site’s pages.

Crazy Egg – Provides visual “Heat Maps” to show where your visitors are clicking.

Indextools – Provides web-based analytics package featuring real-time reporting. The Path Explorer feature provides a visual overlay of how users are behaving on your site.

Intellitracker – Enterprise web analytics software including recently released IntelliMaps feature for visualizing user activity.

VisitorVille – Windows application that helps you visualize your web site traffic through a video game-like interface, for example, animated characters representing a visitor to your site.

Blog and RSS Feed Analysis

While a blogger with significant traffic should also make use of one of the many analytics packages listed, there are also a variety of tools specifically designed to help bloggers better serve their readers and advertisers.

FeedBurner – The most widely used tool for measuring stats on RSS feeds for blogs and podcasts, FeedBurner reports and trends subscribers, incoming links, and visitors. FeedBurner was recently acquired by Google.

MeasureMap – Provider of web-based tool for tracking blog traffic, inbound links, comments, etc. The company was acquired by Google while still in beta and is currently not offering new accounts.

Mint – An installable application for measuring traffic, referrers, and feeds, aimed primarily at bloggers.

Performancing – Aimed at small to medium size sites and blogs, provides data on individual visitors and tag cloud views of referring sources in addition to standard statistics.

Pheedo – Tracks stats relating to RSS advertising, including subscribers, number of views for different pieces of content, and conversion rates from the ads in your feeds.

Technorati – Measures the popularity of blogs based on the number of people that have “favorited” them using the service.

Market Research Data and Site Rankings

Want to see how your site stacks up against the competition? Several companies provide publicly available data and rankings on web traffic.

Alexa – Provides widely-reported and widely-criticized statistics on relative popularity of web sites, based on usage of those that have installed the Alexa Toolbar.

Compete – Uses a diverse set of tools for measuring traffic and popularity of web sites.

comScore – Market research firm that publishes reports on Internet usage and trends.

Hitwise – Market research firm, provides analysis on key websites in more than 160 verticals.

Nielsen//NetRatings – Offers web analytics package that compares your site with others in your industry. Produces widely followed research reports in dozens of different Web verticals.

Analytics Software Packages

There are dozens of companies that provide similar packages for measuring your web site traffic in great detail. From spotting problems in your registration path to seeing which content is most popular, picking the right vendor will depend largely on your site’s level of traffic, goals, and budget.

Clickability – Provides imWare, which includes web-based tools for adding Email This, Save This, and Print This functionality, and then provides stats on each respective tool and how it is being used.

Clickfox – Provides an analytics tool based on “artificial intelligence” technology that makes specific recommendations for your web site with a focus on usability.

Clickstream – Markets Datasherpa Web Analytics to hosting providers.

Coremetrics – Provides analytics software with a focus on delivering information on actual customer behaviors.

DeepMetrix – Provices LiveSTATS analytics software with versions for enterprise users, small business, and ISPs.

Fireclick – Offers analytics package that integrates with paid search engines, e-mail providers, affiliate programs and more in order to provide a consolidated view of all site activity.

Google Analytics – Google’s free analytics software. Includes tight integration with AdWords (see also: 27 Features that Make Google Analytics Best of Breed). Unlike some enterprise apps, the stats are usually on a delay of a few hours.

Hitslink – Around since 1999, offers a Professional and Enterprise version of their web-based real-time reporting package.

iPerceptions – Provides “attitudinal analytic solutions” looking at customer behavior both online and off.

Manticore Technology – Includes Web Analytics as part of their Virtual Touchstone “demand generation” suite.Maximine – Offers full suite of analytics software to handle privacy, accessibility, site quality, legislative compliance, web standards enforcement and traffic tag validation issuesMetriServe – Web-based analytics solution, also offers gadgets for Windows Vista and Mac OS X to get up-to-date stats on your desktop.

Moniforce – Offers two versions of the webSensor analytics package, Enterprise for high traffic sites and a light version called Commerce.

Mtracking – Dubs itself a “visitor relationship management service” with two different analytics packages.

Nedstat – Offers two analytics products – a more lightweight service called Sitestat and enterprise-focused Nedstat Pro.

SPSS – Provides “Predictive Web Analytics” by providing lists of the visitors most likely to convert.

Omniture – Offers three web analytics products; SiteCayalyst for traffic analysis, DataWarehouse for list generation, and Discover for segmenting large chunks of data.

OneStat.com – Provides a range of analytics packages from small to large web sites, as well as a free counter that anyone can use.

Optimal IQ – Provides Marketing Webtools, along with ClickForensics product for monitoring click fraud.

Quova – Analytics software with a focus on measuring the effectiveness of marketing strategies by geographic region.

SiteClarity – Web analytics with reports in areas including marketing, site optimization, and customer retention.

SiteCounter – Offers free stat tracking of key metrics like visits, page views, and referring source for sites with less than 250,000 visitors per month.

Unica – Offers NetInsight for enterprise-class web analytics and NetTracker, for small and medium businesses or internal sites.

Visual Sciences – Formerly WebSideStory (one of the earlier large web tracking companies), today the company offers the HBX Web Analytics package aimed at high traffic sites.

WebAbacus – Performance and Effectiveness product provides a variety of analysis of designed-focused reports.

WebSTAT – Provides installable client-side analytics package that includes more than 40 canned reports.

WebtraffIQ – Analytics package tracking site traffic, effectiveness of emails, and offline campaigns.

WebTrends – One of the top players in analytics since the early days, the company now offers multiple tiers of software packages for different size businesses and specific industries.

SiteMeter – Provides a basic free tracking service for measuring visitors and page views, and a premium version with more features with pricing based on page views.

Log File Analysis

If you would rather keep all of your data in-house and customize a stats package for your own needs, these solutions offer a starting point by providing an analysis of the log files on your server.

123LogAnalyzer – resides on your web server and analyzes your web site’s log files. Provides stats on visitors, geographic regions, popular content, etc. Starts @ $14.95/user.

Analog – One of the longest running stats packages, Analog is open source and provides basic statistics like number of visitors, referring source, and popular content.

AWStats – An open source, installable stats page, AWStats analyzes your raw log files to produce a number of graphical reports. The software can also be used to provide analysis of FTP log files and mail log files.

Webalizer – Downloadable, open-source analytics software that generates reports from your site’s log files. (via)

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Top 15 Ways To Create Website Screenshots

Taking screenshots of web sites is probably one of the most commonly done tasks on the internet – doubly so if you have a blog or work as a journalist. This week, we wrote about Thumbalizr, a service that lets you take screenshots of websites. However, there are several other tools for easy screenshot capturing – some standalone and some in the form of a browser plugin.

Plugins

Save as image – an aptly named Firefox plugin that lets you save a page, frame, or part of either as an image directly from Firefox.

Pearl Crescent Page Saver – Save images of web pages in jpg or png format; save the entire page or just a portion of it, with the ability to automatically scale the image to a smaller size.

Picnik for Firefox – if you use online image editor Picnik this Firefox plugin enables you to easily import a screenshot of the currently opened webpage into it.

Snissa – simple Firefox plugin for taking web page screenshots.

Screengrab! – a plugin that lets you save visible part of window, the entire page, just a selection, or a particular frame of a webpage.

ieSnapshotter – a shareware plugin for Internet Explorer that allows you to take screenshots and thumbnails of web pages.

Standalone programs

SnagIt – definitely one of the best programs for screenshot capturing, with all the options you might need. Integrates with Firefox, can replace the standard Windows print screen function, and enables you to create profiles for various types of use. Costs 39.95 bucks, but you can try out a free trial version before buying.

FastStone Capture – a powerful utility for taking screenshots with a floating control panel as well as the ability to capture anything on the screen including windows, objects, full screen, rectangle regions, and even freehand-selected regions.

WebShot – a program that allows you to take screenshots and thumbnails of web pages or whole websites. Its main advantage is its powerful command line utility which enables you to automate the process of taking screenshots.

Paparazzi! – a tiny application for Mac OS X that lets you take screenshots of web pages.

PrintKey – replaces your print screen function with a better one with more features. There’s a commercial version but you can also find an older, unsupported, freeware version on the provided link.

I4X Screencatcher – take screenshots of the active window, entire screen, or the selected area with this tool.

InstantShot – an advanced but freeware application for Mac OS X that sits in your menu bar and gives you a myriad of screen capturing options, including capturing a region, hotkeys, several output formats, image scaling and many others.

Web based

WebShotsPro – enter a URL address and get a screenshot of the website in question. Simple. You might encounter quite a long queue before getting your screenshot, though.

Thumbalizr – already mentioned in a recent article, Thumbalizr lets you create screenshots of websites by pasting their URL; the only problem is that it doesn’t always work. (via)

Friday, February 17, 2006

Top 40 Web Operating Systems

Facebook wants to be the operating system for the web, it says, and this week’s changes to its email system are a tiny part of that puzzle. But there are many more web operating systems hoping to bring all your usual desktop applications online in one place. Some replicate the entire desktop, while others are startpages with info from around the web – here are more than 45 of our favorites.

Remotely Hosted WebOS

  • AstraNOS – Picture Windows 98. Then picture an OS X dock. Then picture a night sky. Then throw them all together. You now have a pretty good picture of AstraNOS.
  • BeDesk – Basic wrapper for other online tools.
  • cmyOS – Free hosted webtop powered by eyeOS.
  • Desktoptwo – Not only do you get 1GB of space, you get a fully-featured OpenOffice.org suite. No, not a basic online editor that has simple formatting options. The full OpenOffice.org 2.0 suite from Sun, converted into a Java applet.
  • DoxBoard – Slick WebOS with some basic features.
  • GCOE X – Nice WebOS with a powerful terminal and support for the iPhone.
  • eyeOS – Beautiful webtop powered by the eyeOS software.
  • Glide – Online operating system with support for BlackBerry, Palm, Windows Mobile, Symbian and iPhone users.
  • G.ho.st – With 3GB of space, FTP access, and Zoho Office support, what’s not to like?
  • goowy – Great webtop with your own email account (@goowy.com), IM, 1GB of space (via Box.net), and much more.
  • jooce – Slick invite-only online OS.
  • mybooo – Invite-only webtop with a ton of features.
  • myGoya – Nice WebOS with PIM features, a media player, and much more.
  • OOS – Basic online operating system that offers a personal webpage.
  • Parakey – Not much is known about Blake Ross’s newest invention, but we do know that Facebook liked it enough to purchase it for an undisclosed sum.
  • Psych Desktop – GPLed webtop with a powerful UNIX-like console.
  • Purefect Desktop – Web desktop with a powerful IDE.
  • SSOE – Flash-based webtop a lot of features.
  • StartForce – Powerful WebOS with tons of apps and features makes the descendant of Orca Desktop a hit.
  • Xindesk – File sync, a powerful API, and much more are included in this great WebOS.
  • Webdesk – This Indian webtop includes 1GB of space, POP3 client, PIM, and a nice modules API.
  • Webdows – We don’t know how long it will take Microsoft to sue these guys, but it’s a real enjoyment in the meantime. It has XP and Vista styles (including a few Vista effects), FTP, file sharing, IM, and much more.
  • Widgets Gadgets – AJAX desktop with tons of apps and a working API.
  • YouOS – File sharing, powerful shell, and 700+ applications are all available with this wildly popular operating system.
  • ZimDesk – Slick WebOS with tons of apps.

Self-Hosted WebOS

  • eyeOS – One of the most popular webtops on the planet, eyeOS boasts tons of apps, a booming community, and a lot more features.
  • Fenestela – There’s still quite a few bugs to be ironed out in this French WebOS, but you get a cool XP interface and basic PHP apps.
  • Psych Desktop – GPLed desktop with a powerful UNIX-like console.
  • Purefect Desktop – Web desktop with a powerful IDE.
  • Virtual-OS – Includes powerful API, web server sync, forum integration, and offline AJAX support.
  • ZKDesktop – Powerful open source Java-based WebOS.

Remote Desktops

  • DesktopOnDemand – A fully featured Linux-based desktop with Gnome, Gaim, AbiWord, Evolution, GIMP, WebDAV, VNC, web login, and much more.
  • Free Live OS Zoo – Java applet
  • Nivio – Subscription-based ($12.99/month) service that offers Windows XP, Adobe Reader, iTunes, Google Talk/aMSN/Windows Live Messenger, OpenOffice.org, Thunderbird, Nvu, and much more. All through a Java-based web interface.

Startpages

See also: 14 Personalized Homepages Compared, Feature by Feature

  • Favoor – Basic startpage with a nice folder option.
  • iGoogle (formerly Google IG) – Great startpage with the most amount of apps I’ve seen for a portal.
  • iStyled – Simple startpage with basic customization.
  • ItsAStart.com – Customizable page with basic features.
  • Live.com (formerly Start.com) – Basic news page backed by Microsoft.
  • My Yahoo! – Yahoo!’s entry into the startpage market isn’t bad: it offers news, Yahoo! Mail notification, podcasts, videos, and photo galleries to your startpage.
  • Netvibes – There’s a reason everyone uses Netvibes. It has tons of apps, tabs, skins, and a great interface.
  • Pageflakes – Popular, easy-to-use page with a simple interface.
  • Schmedley – Powerful startpage with tons of features.
  • Webwag – The main appeal here isn’t the widget on demand feature (a quick way to build a widget for the site of your choice), the toolbar, the apps, or the content directory. It’s the External widget feature, which allows you to convert and add Netvibes and iGoogle widgets to your Webwag page.
  • Widgetop – Nice looking AJAX start page.
  • yourminis – Great start page with tons of apps and a bunch of skins by the creator of goowy. (via)